An initiative of Living Cities and the Citi Foundation, The City Accelerator aims to help accelerate the adoption of promising innovations within and across cities.

They recognize the importance of innovation teams and see them as a central part to the advancement of the administration’s agenda and city residents. Cities involved with The City Accelerator initiative each focus their work on issues that are key to their mayors and to their constituents, in order to implement promising innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents.

Read the article below from Governing Magazine and learn how The City Accelerator initiative is helping cities utilize their innovation teams to further city mayor’s strategic plans.

How to Innovate on What Matters Most
Governing Magazine

One of the first questions that an innovation team faces is “What do we work on?” This is the central question of government-led innovation teams since it determines where an innovation team spends its time and the sort of impact the team can expect to have. Often these teams may start out working on problems in the “low-hanging fruit” category. This may be useful for building momentum, but it can also pigeonhole the team into certain kinds of work in the eyes of their executive, peers, the public, etc.

An innovation team cannot afford to be seen as irrelevant. Rather, it should be central – not marginal – in the advancement of the administration’s agenda and city residents’ highest priorities.

The City Accelerator cities each focus their work on issues that are key to their mayors and to their constituents. Louisville’s innovation practice, for example, is deeply aligned with Mayor Greg Fischer’s strategic plan. Its Office of Performance Improvement (which focuses on continuous improvement), Office of Civic Innovation (focused on internal/external innovation partnerships) and its Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Team (focused on specific substantive or operational issues) all focus on various facets of Mayor Fischer’s 21 strategic goals.

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